Love London Love Culture’s Favourite…Theatre of 2018

As we approach the end of 2018, here’s a few of LLLC’s favourite shows of the year….

  1. The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noel Coward Theatre: a great cast and plenty of quotable lines made Michael Grandage’s revival of Martin McDonagh’s hilarious play a real delight and highlight of the year. For God’s sake put Wee Thomas on the Phone!
  2. The King & I, London Palladium: this gloriously lavish Broadway production of this classic musical was a real treat to watch. This was not only because of the beautiful set and costumes, but Kelli O’Hara’s exquisite performance as Anna – comprised of pitch perfect vocals and charming and elegant characterisation.
Photo by Mark Douet.

3. The Wider Earth, Natural History Museum: this wonderfully imaginative production is certainly a delight to look at and fascinating to watch unfold. The puppetry is wonderfully life like and certainly will appeal to children and adults alike – well worth catching while it is still on!

4. Eugenius!, The Other Palace: having gained a legion of fans since it first appeared in a concert performance at the London Palladium, this brightly colourful and charming musical is a true celebration of what it means to be different and how to stand out in the crowd. Completely relatable and nostalgic – let’s hope it won’t be long until it returns!

Credit: Johan Persson.

5. Fiddler on the Roof, Menier Chocolate Factoryhaving never experienced this musical on stage before, this majestic and beautiful revival directed by Trevor Nunn is a joy from beginning to end. From the cast to the set, everything has been thoughtfully brought to life to make this one of the most impressive musical revivals of the year.

6. Julius Caesar, Bridge Theatrewhat I loved the most about this production was the way in which the audience was made to feel completely involved with everything that was happening. It was a powerful and entertaining experience.

7. Red, Wyndham’s Theatrethis revival of John Logan’s play featured to extremely classy and interesting performances from Alfred Molina and Alfred Enoch. It certainly left me with a deeper understanding of the world of art and the man behind the artist Mark Rothko.

8. Tina – the Tina Turner Musical, Aldwych Theatre : this surprisingly gritty musical tells the incredible story of the singer. It is a story of survival, courage and of course music. There is certainly no other musical quite like it on the West End at the moment.

9. Little Shop of Horrors, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: wacky, sassy and seriously entertaining; this was a fabulous revival of the musical that really captured the spirit of the story and the quirkiness of the characters perfectly. Would love to see it return to the Open Air Theatre in the future!

10. Striking 12, Union Theatre: this was such a heartwarming treat provided by the Union Theatre. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl, the musical beautifully entwines the original story with a more contemporary version that works really well in the Union Theatre’s space. Another show that deserves to come back to the stage in the future!

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